Abrogation Of Article 370 Must For UT Status: Gadkari

18 May 2014
The Daily Excelsior
Avtar Bhat

Leh: Reiterating his Party's commitment for grant of UT status to Ladakh region, former national president of BJP, Nitin Gadkari today asked the Partymen to gear up for coming Assembly elections in the State and work hard to give the Party an absolute majority in the Assembly for abrogation of Article 370. Addressing a victory rally here today organized by the Party for winning the Ladakh Lok Sabha seat for the first time and creating a history in the State, Mr Gadkari said for granting UT status to Ladakh region abrogation of Article 370 which gives special status to J&K State is must. He said if BJP is voted to power in the State in the coming Assembly elections also it will abrogate the Article 370 which will ultimately pave the way for grant of UT status to the region, a long cherished demand of the people of Ladakh. Mr Gadkari also congratulated the people of the region for the victory of Party candidate Thupstan Chhewang from this Parliamentary Constituency and complimented them for voting in favour of the Party. Taking a dig at National Conference (NC), he asked the people to defeat the father -son duo Party in the State also as they defeated the mother- son party at Delhi because the two parties were the main cause for all the mess in the country as well as in this border State. The BJP leader, while assuring full support to the people in development of Ladakh region, said all the promises made in the elections will be fulfilled which included construction of Zojila Tunnel, inclusion of Boti language into 8th Schedule of Indian Constitution, opening of Kailash -Mansarovar road for yatris via Ladakh etc. While referring to the growing demand of the people for opening of Central University in Ladakh, Mr Gadkari said that in case the impediments were created in its way, the Government will encourage the private sector for opening a University in Ladakh on the pattern of other States of the country to provide the opportunities to students of this region for higher education so that they have not to go outside for the same. Addressing the rally, BJP co-convener J&K and MLA Delhi, R P Singh allayed the fears that BJP was against any section of society and said that party believes in justice to all and appeasement to none. He said BJP is secular in true sense as it did not believe in appeasement policy like Congress and others for vote bank politics. These parties exploited minorities for last over 60 years for vote bank and did nothing for their upliftment and betterment practically, he added. 'To grind their own axe Congress created a false notion among the people that BJP is anti Muslims when there is nothing like that, he said, adding after the BJP Government is installed at New Delhi, equal attention will be paid for the development of all regions and there will be no discrimination on the basis of region or religion. He said the BJP Government will pay special attention for the development of backward areas of Ladakh region by constructing hospitals, roads etc. The Government will also concentrate on boosting solar energy in Ladakh to make the region power surplus, he added. Addressing the rally, newly elected MP from Ladakh Thupstan Chhewang thanked the people of the region for voting in favour of the Party and ensuring his victory. He said he will strive hard for fulfilling the promises made by him during the campaigning.